My Eyes Are Always Bloodshot: Can You Help?

When you’ve spent a long day breaking down information on a digital screen, you might expect tired, dry eyes; and a quick look in the mirror will likely show the red that often accompanies that feeling. Occasional bloodshot eyes happen to virtually everyone, due to a wide range of causes including overuse, allergies, and more. 

Persistent red eye is another matter. Usually, a change of conditions or a good night of sleep is enough to relieve both the irritation and coloration. If your eyes are always bloodshot, something else is likely amiss. 

To get to the bottom of your problem quickly, make a visit to Accent Vision Specialists in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their optometric physicians specialize in red eye conditions, so they can examine, diagnose, and treat your eyes to restore their normal, white appearance. 

Behind the redness

“Bloodshot” is an appropriate description since, when your eyes are red, it’s usually due to the dilation of blood vessels in the conjunctiva, the normally white part of your eyes. In most cases, red eyes are accompanied by mild symptoms, feelings of irritation, dryness, or a light burning sensation. It’s usually below the level of what most people consider to be pain, even though it can be annoying and distracting. 

Reasons for redness

One of the most common reasons for persistent redness is irritation due to allergens. These substances create conditions to which your eyes react with histamine, the chemical that causes the dilation of surface blood vessels in the conjunctiva. Usually, a histamine reaction is short-lived, but continued exposure to an allergen could keep your eyes bloodshot for an extended time. 

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, take a look at the calendar and pollen levels when you’re experiencing daily red eyes. It’s possible for your eyes to react even if your other allergy symptoms are held in check by allergy shots or over-the-counter medications. Other eye irritants include: 

If you can reduce your exposure to suspected eye irritants, you may be able to stop the histamine response and break the bloodshot cycle. 

Causes for concern

Usually, there are clues when your redness is due to something more than an allergen. Pain is one such clue, and vision change is another. If you have eye redness combined with either of these symptoms, it’s time to contact Accent Vision Specialists for an evaluation. 

Swelling around your eyes accompanied by discharge likely indicates an infection, such as conjunctivitis, better known as pink eye. It’s a contagious condition caused by a viral or bacterial infection. 

If you wear contact lenses and have low-level irritation that doesn’t pass, this may be another situation that requires an eye specialist’s intervention. 

Accent Vision Specialists is Santa Fe’s dry eye center, so when your red eyes feel gritty, it’s also time to arrange an appointment.

Chances are, there’s a simple solution to your bloodshot dilemma, but it never hurts to err on the side of caution where your vision is concerned. Contact us by phone or online to book an exam today. 

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